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What is a moment of beauty?

They are those small joys in life that have the power to stop you in your tracks, even if just for a moment. To make you smile, to appreciate, to breathe, to enjoy. This is a moment of beauty. From the simple to the serene, the majestic to the mundane, the comfort to the chaos. Beauty can be found in anything, if you know where to look.

Gemma’s been back behind the camera and here she tells us about the beauty we can find in connecting with nature and how we can use it!

“I had been keeping my eye out for wild garlic for a little while when I found a patch on my bike ride, before I set off I set my intention to find gratitude on the ride and appreciate the nature around me. So I was overjoyed when I found the wild garlic!  I picked a handful, please don’t take any more than that, leave the rest for Mother Nature.”

“Make sure to wash the wild garlic and you could search blogs for recipes, I chose to make a dahl with mine and cooked intuitively, I added green lentils, coconut milk, turmeric, garam masala, fresh ginger, chopped chilli, chopped the garlic and simmer together for 25 mins, serve with chapati and rice. The goal of my bike ride was to find gratitude, which I discovered in the gift of natural food from Mother Nature.”

Where can I find Wild Garlic?

Wild Garlic is commonly found on wet ground, carpeting the banks of streams and rivers. Pick young leaves from late March onwards!

Fancy doing some foraging of your own..?

Here’s some other wild plants that you might come across on your daily walk, and ways you can get creative with them in the kitchen!

Nettles – Just make sure to wear gloves! Choose young, pale green nettle tops, and never pick when they are in flower. Can be used to make Nettle tea, soup or crisps.

Elderflower – Found from late May to early July why not try making your own cordial!

Found some of your own Wild Garlic?

Looking for some recipes? Try;

Shepherds-less pie

Store Cupboard Cooking

Have a moment of beauty you want to share?
Share them with us by tagging @thestudiocheshire or @thestudio_mcr and use the hashtag #momentsofbeauty we love to see your photos!

You can follow Gemma’s Photography journey on Instagram at @gemlouphotography

Looking for a local wild walk to stretch your legs?

Celebrating the launch of our new class The Studio FiitFlow, we wanted to give you all the details and tell you what’s got us excited about it!

What is The Studio FiitFlow?

This class is designed to get your workout and your yoga session boxed off in one! Its half dynamic HIIT movement to get the body moving, burn those calories and give your mood a boost. Followed by yoga to stretch and lengthen the muscles and calm the mind ready to focus in on the rest of your day.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a form of interval training including cardiovascular exercises which alternate between short periods of intense aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Stretching after HIIT is vital to release lactic acid and tightness from the muscles, so combining it with Yoga is perfect! Focusing on targeting the muscle groups worked to rest and restore balance in the body.

Is this class for me?

This is a great class for those of you who don’t have a lot of free time to spend doing various classes. Juggling work and home schooling children? Get both your classes in one hour! It provides a great full body workout through cardio, strength exercises and stretching. Suitable for all levels.

Love the sound of The Studio FiitFlow? You can join our weekly session or find other Yoga Classes by tapping the image below!

To get you motivated why not check out some of our FIITFlow playlists! The perfect partner for your workout.

Let us know what you think and drop us a comment below!

To celebrate the launch of our new class The Studio Fit Flow, starting from every Wednesday at 10am. We are challenging you and two friends to complete our Burpee Challenge!

Each member in your team will complete 20 burpees for time! Once you have collectively completed 60 burpees, you could be in with the chance of winning a Studio Goodie Bag!

All you have to do is;

1. Pick your team members and complete the challenge!

2. Tag @thestudio_mcr with a smiley selfie and the time you completed the challenge in!

The winning team will be chosen at random, with a prize going to each team member. Lets have some fun and get fit at the same time..

PLUS

For every smiley selfie we receive, we will be donating £1 to the NHS!

We can’t wait to see your entries!

Make sure to follow us on Instagram at

@thestudio_mcr

To book on to The Studio Fit Flow Class go to the

Online Schedule

Any questions? Leave us a comment below!

Corrine shows you some variations here to up your burpee game!

Join Natalia for this 20 minute practice as the latest part of The Studio Online Series! A practice to feel grounded and grateful during lockdown. We calm the mind and restore balance to the body. Focusing on cultivating that feeling of gratitude that we can take with us off the mat.

Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below!

Loving the flow and want some more classes? Check out our

Online Schedule

Need some help staying positive?

There’s power in sharing music! Need some inspiration and want to know what we’ve been listening to during lockdown? Each week we will be coming at you with a new Spotify playlist of our top tracks! Curated by a different member of our Studio team or community.

This week it’s Jane’s turn behind the tracks! She invites you to join her on a trip down memory lane with this playlist that takes her back to some of the happiest times of her life, dancing until the sun comes up! Let your inhibitions go and enjoy this blast from the past!

Let us know your favourite songs by dropping us a comment below!

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Loving Jane’s music and want more inspiration? Check out the other playlists here!

If you are looking for Yoga Classes head over to our

Online Schedule

Keep that summer body in check as you work through exercises to strengthen, tone and work the whole body. Activate the core, build strength through the shoulders and fire up the legs. Join Corrine as she demonstrates each exercise, no equipment required, the perfect home workout!

We’d love to know what you think! Drop us a comment below!

Need a workout playlist?

Don’t forget to warm up! We’ve got you covered with these pre workout stretches

Looking for some Yoga classes? Check out our

Online Schedule

‘Not all days are good, but there’s something good in every day’

It’s Part 4 of our Positivity series, and we have more positive goodness coming you way! Give your mindset a boost with these handy tips and tricks shared each week from a different member of The Studio team! This week we have our amazing Paige sharing her favourite positivity hacks.

Find your H A P P Y with Paige

1. Chat with friends/family

It’s tough during these times of social distancing to feel the same human connection we normally do. So make sure you take time out to reach out to friends, family, and neighbours. Have a chat, see if you can help someone who needs it, or why not leave a little present on some ones doorstep to brighten up their day!

2. Bring the outdoors in!

Living, working, eating, sleeping, exercising all in the same four walls can become tiresome and make you miss the expanse of the outside world and all its natural elements. Though we may not be able to go out as much as we’d like, we can bring some of the outdoors into our homes! Try treating yourself to a bunch of flowers to brighten up your work space or treat your garden to some new plants. No outdoor space? Why not try growing herbs in your kitchen window or buying some small succulents? Super easy to look after if your not feeling too confident with your plant survival skills..

Paige’s succulents soaking up the sun

3. Make time for Y O U

Whether you are working from home and constantly checking those work emails, or trying to keep your kids entertained indoors. We can easily lose ourselves in trying to please others. So make sure you take a break and take some time to do something just for you. Whether its a meditation, a soak in the bath, reading your book outside, or even just a five minute cup of tea. Remember you cant pour from an empty cup!

4. Dress up!

Even if it’s just to go downstairs, getting dressed into an outfit you really love can give you a little boost of them feel good vibes. Get a shower, wash your hair, dry it, style it and put on something that makes you feel happy. Show up for yourself!

5. Schedule in that daily exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make us happy. Its a fact! Getting your body moving and your blood flowing will give you a bit of get up and go if you’ve been feeling unmotivated and lethargic. The hardest part might me getting up off the sofa and peeling yourself away from that Netflix series, but you are guaranteed to feel better afterwards!

Loving the tips from Paige? Check out the start of the series with Sofia’s tips on staying positive and productive

If you need some inspiration on what to do for your daily exercise then check out our classes!

Vegan Frittata

20/04/2020

Back in The Studio Kitchen for more delicious goods? Try this all vegan Frittata recipe, perfect for those early evening dinners outside in the garden. Plus, a great way to use up anything you have in the fridge!

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil for liquid mix

2 tbsp olive oil for frying

3 cups of kale

1/2 cup finely chopped carrots

1/2 cup celery

1 cup chopped mushrooms

3 garlic cloves or 1 tsp lazy garlic

1 tsp salt

2 cups chickpea flour

2 and a 1/2 cups of water

Method

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees

2. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and then add the carrots and celery, heat through on a medium heat for 2 minutes

3. Add the garlic, kale and mushrooms and heat for a further 5-6 minutes

4. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining oil, flour water and salt to create a liquid

5. Distribute the mixture around to the pan around the filling, allowing it to cook through evenly. Heat for 5 minutes or until the edges begin to firm

6. Transfer the pan into the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes. (Option to grill for a further 5 minutes to crisp up the top.)

7. Tip the frittata out of the pan and leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Get a little creative! You can swap in different filling ingredients such as; peppers, butternut squash, potato, spinach or sweetcorn. Its a great dish to use up anything you’ve got in the fridge!

Can be served hot or cold, with beans and sausages or a side salad are some of our favourite ways. Or try popping any leftovers into a wrap and saving it for your lunch the next day! You can keep the Frittata in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

What are your favourite summer dishes? Let us know in the comments below!

We’ve got the perfect refreshing drink to go with this. Perfect for a picnic day out!

Want to know what else we do?

Start your week right with a brand new flow from Nicole! Join her for this 20 minute sequence focusing on waking the body up the right way, feeling energised and opening and releasing through the hips.

Our hips can store a lot of tension, especially if we’ve been spending a lot of time sitting down. They are also home to stored emotions, so getting up and going, and moving through the hips can clear your energy giving you a fresh start for the week ahead!

Happy Monday Yogi’s!

Loving this flow with Nicole? You can see more of her flows over on our You Tube channel! What other tutorials would you like to see from us? Let us know in the comments below!

Wind down with these stretches perfect for before bed or just when you need to take time for yourself.

There’s power in sharing music! Need some inspiration and want to know what we’ve been listening to during lockdown? Each week we will be coming at you with a new Spotify playlist of our top tracks! Curated by a different member of our Studio team or community.

This week Natalia has shared with us a Playlist from her Sun Salute Class. Need the perfect vibes to accompany your morning flow? This ones for you! Salute the sun with this house inspired playlist to get you moving.

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Let us know your favourite tracks by leaving us a comment below!

Combine this playlist with this energising power flow with Natalia!